Shepherds Among Us

By Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC

The shepherds of the Christmas story have always fascinated me.  I lived on a farm and liked to be outside, so I knew that one had to care for the animals. The care they needed was not just during working hours. You had to think and plan ahead to make sure they were okay 24 hours a day. Being out alone in the fields fascinated me also, although I was always able to think about that lying in a nice warm bed!

The shepherds could not know what was going on that holy night,

In the Midst of Cancer: Feeling the Presence of My God

Kate,Janis,MariamBy Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

I am Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC and I have pancreatic cancer. In fact, I have lived with cancer since 2012. I hope to share in my blog my journey and my reflections on the presence of God in my life. It is my hope that those who read my entries will find strength for their own journeys.

On Monday, I received news from my oncologist, Dr. Tan, which has sent me reeling. I have needed the past couple days to process it and get my act together in order to write about it.

Focus and Relax the Mind with Zentangle

pic-3 By Sister Diane Tenbrink, ASC

I have done art journaling since I was a young sister, and a friend and I would do it while sharing about our personal challenges in life.

This same friend later told me about something called Zentangle, which I have been doing now for more than 12 years.

Practitioners create Zentangle designs with black ink and pencil on 3.5 square-inch tiles for abstract yet beautiful, intricate patterns. The practice is said to increase focus, reduce anxiety, aid meditation and tap creativity.

It helps me focus and relax and put all of my attention on what I’m doing. 

Prayer for our World

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

On Sunday, I woke up remembering those gathered on the bridge in Cleveland to show the power of love – a force against any violence that may unfold during this week’s Republican National Convention.

And I was reminded of our desire to bring peace and compassion to the world.

This week, as we remember the violence and grief that have struck our world once again …

  • Fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana
  • Fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas,

14 years later: September 11th

New York Twin Towers, pre 9/11, images from

September 11 always evokes powerful memories in the lives of those of us in the United States. Who can forget the images of buildings being destroyed out of hatred and vengeance? Who can forget the silent skies over us in the next days as planes were grounded and the country grappled with the horror of terrorism. But September 11 was also a day of great heroism, a day when so many people put aside their differences and rushed to help each other, often at great risk to themselves. There was an outpouring of care and compassion,